16 Jan 2015

Le Corbusier was a fascist

Songs against modern architecture

Philip Glass – Pruit Igoe (Koyaanisqatsi, 1983)
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“If the social ideals of an age are to be judged by the aesthetic quality of its architecture, the last hundred years represent the lowest point yet reached by humanity.” Bertrand Russell

VA Spectacular Commodity! EP (Groucho Marxist Record Co:Operative, 1979)

Mod Cons – Buildings Of The 70's
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“A perfectly square house, shaped like a magnified piece of brick, is justifiable in a factory building, because it is a factory building where efficiency is the first consideration. But a perfectly square house for a home to live in is an atrocity of the first order.” Lin Yutang

Television Personalities 14th Floor 7" (1978)

Television Personalities – 14th Floor

“We will leave Monsieur Le Corbusier’s style to him, a style suitable for factories and hospitals, and no doubt eventually for prisons. (Doesn’t he already build churches?) Some sort of psychological repression dominates this individual — whose face is as ugly as his conceptions of the world — such that he wants to squash people under ignoble masses of reinforced concrete, a noble material that should rather be used to enable an aerial articulation of space that could surpass the flamboyant Gothic style. His cretinizing influence is immense. A Le Corbusier model is the only image that arouses in me the idea of immediate suicide. He is destroying the last remnants of joy. And of love, passion, freedom.” Ivan Chtcheglov

VA City Walls A Southampton Compilation LP (White Elephant Records, 1980)

Exploding Seagulls – Prefab (Buildings)!
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